"(Dawning of a) New Era" as written by and Jerry Dammers....
This is the dawning of a new era
This is the dawning of a new era
I met a girl from area three
She told me that she worked in a chicken factory

This is the dawning of a new era
By two o'clock we were Brahms & Liszt
Had to walk her home through area six
This is the dawning of a new era
Sticks and stones may break my bones
In area six they throw bottles and bricks and kicks

This is the dawning of a new era
I climbed the stairs to the fourteenth floor
The key won't fit the door
This is the dawning of a new era
She said she had a beautiful flat
We had to sleep on the mat

This is the dawning of a new era
Woke up and thought "This ain't exactly heaven"
Oh shit, this is area seven
This is the dawning of a new era
This is the dawning of a new era
This is the dawning of a new era
This is so boring, it's a new era


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"(Dawning of A) New Era" as written by Jerry Dammers

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    General CommentI think this song is depicting a dystopic city where everything is divided into "areas", possibly based on classes/castes.

    By the way, "Brahms & Liszt" is cockney rhyming slang for drunk (pissed).
    TheDoubtingDiseaseon April 09, 2012   Link
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    General CommentI think it's the dawning of a new era, and they don't give a shit. hah, well I wasn't around at this time so I don't know what was going on then. something big I imagine.
    DJgifon July 24, 2009   Link
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    General CommentSo hilariously two-tone -
    the title with its utopian longing; but then it jumps right into a sordid tale of human depravity and error. It cracks me up.

    "she told me that she worked in a chicken factory" !!!!! I'm still laughing
    NomadMonadon January 29, 2013   Link
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    General CommentOk so we know they got drunk, when they got to her flat the key didn't fit, my guess is they weren't actually at her flat. Somehow they got in, slept on a mat and they woke up and realized they were in the wrong place (area 7 instead of area 3). Could the areas be the transport areas of London? which are basically concentric rings around the city, so area 7 is on the outskirts, area 3 fairly close to the middle of town.

    I'm not sure how this all relates to the "dawning of a new era" chorus, any ideas?
    jim1135244on December 16, 2016   Link

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